Thankful Thursday - Kind Words

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A fellow writer was called some pretty nasty names the other day because of her religious faith. She was called those names by other fellow writers in our writing community. Instead of nursing her hurt feelings she prayed about the persons who had hurt her and wrote an eloquent article. I felt blessed to have read this and to know this person.

Stick and stones...

Were you taught the old proverb "Sticks and stones may break the bones but words will never hurt me."?
I was and many times tried to fool myself into not feeling hurt. Part of me believed that there was something wrong with me for allowing myself to feel pain, part of me believed that it did not effect others in the same way...I would put on a smile and go to work after being beaten by my husband the night before. I hate the name "wife beater" which is used to refer to an A shirt, as I would just as soon forget those days. Terminology like this (just words - right?) hurt.

Those who threaten feel threatened.

I came across an inspiring site today. It advised that when one is being talked to in a demeaning way they should stop and realize that the one hurling the hateful words is trying to gain power at the expense of the other, as they actually feel powerless. Turn the situation around and realize the weakness of the assailant. Empower yourself to realize they are actually feeling inferior and trying to elevate themselves by reducing another's stature. They are threatened by your talent and abilities.

Give someone a kind word, a smile, an ear. It will go a long way in erasing an unkind word and it gives you power, because their is strength in goodness and kindness. Take care and God bless.


Anonymous November 4, 2010 at 4:24 AM  

Fantastic words. I needed them more than anything this morning after the awful day I had with my hateful daughter-n-law and all the things she did and said to me and my son. Prayerfully she will get the help she needs as she is mentally unstable (bipolar) and has my 3 grandsons and my step granddaughter with her.

DoanLegacy November 5, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

Sorry to hear that!

sweetmemoirs November 6, 2010 at 12:13 PM  

very well said Judy. you are such a blessing! ~ Cher

SquirrelQueen November 7, 2010 at 1:45 AM  

Very wise words Judy. It is better to handle harsh words with understanding. There are many who would resort to the same type of behavior and answer the unkind words with more unkind words.

***Icy BC November 7, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Not only has she found comfort in God, she also has you to lift her up..

Self Sagacity November 7, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

It is always good to be nice. Hurtful words are unnecessary, as you said nicer compassionate goes a long way.

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